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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Obama, Typical Liberal NIMBY

Can you imagine the power company proposing to build a coal-fired plant up in Fairfax County?  Can you picture the outrage that would explode from within the bastion of really concerned environmentalists there?   Yeah.  I can picture that happening.

Not.

You see, it's like the prison system.  Liberals in Fairfax tolerate it, as long as "it" is located down here in Southwest Virginia, where we - the great unwashed - live.  Can't be havin' those scummy, smelly prisoners being warehoused down the street from their favorite Whole Foods store, for God's sake.  Why, what would the proximity do to the flavor of that Allegro coffee?

Same with coal.  They profess a hatred for it.  But that doesn't stop them from consuming great quantities of it to power their air-conditioned electric golf carts (you think I'm kidding).  Electricity is good.  It can stay.  Coal is bad.  It has to be used ... elsewhere.

Which brings us to petroleum(!!!).

Does this reek of liberal hypocrisy, or what?
Obama: Drill, Brazil, Drill!
Investor's Business Daily editorial

While leaving U.S. oil and jobs in the ground, our itinerant president tells a South American neighbor that we'll help it develop its offshore resources so we can one day import its oil. WHAT?!?

[I]n the process of making nice with Brazil, Obama made a mind-boggling announcement that should make even his most loyal supporter cringe:

We will help Brazil develop its offshore oil so we can one day import it.

Now, with a seven-year offshore drilling ban in effect off of both coasts, on Alaska's continental shelf and in much of the Gulf of Mexico — and a de facto moratorium covering the rest — Obama tells the Brazilians:

"We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers." [link]
Obama is on record as hating petroleum.  As evidenced by the fact that he has virtually shut down any exploration in this country.  He hates it, that is, until it squirts from the BP pump into his chauffeur-driven limousine.  Then he's a big fan.

Me?  I'm thinking we put up an oil-drilling derrick in his Chicago neighborhood.  Right next to a power plant.  Which sits atop a maximum security prison.  I want to hear the man howl.

He, and they, are, if nothing else, entertaining.

This Can't Be Good

Anything after the words "Obama embraces U.N." can only be bad news.

See "Obama embraces U.N. limits in Libya."

Those limits?  Destruction of the nation's infrastructure will be limited to vital roads and bridges and the loss of innocent life will be limited to men, women, and children.

This from the organization whose greater focus is to wage war on ... climate?

"Obama embraces U.N."

I can't bear to watch.

Can Our Foreign Policy Get Any More Confused?

Ya gotta give New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof credit.  For years he's been calling on western nations - including his own - to stop the slaughter of innocents in Darfur.  See, as but one example of his work,  "Genocide in Slow Motion."

His pleas for intervention, needless to say, have gone unanswered.

These days, Kristof must be asking those around him: Libya?  Why Libya?

And the sad truth is, there's not one person on the planet who could give him a reasonable answer.

Welcome to U.S. foreign policy.

To exemplify the bizarre nature of the thing, Kristof's own New York Times has this from a few days ago:
In a Paris hotel room on Monday night, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton found herself juggling the inconsistencies of American foreign policy in a turbulent Middle East. She criticized the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates for sending troops to quash protests in Bahrain even as she pressed him to send planes to intervene in Libya. 
Hillary, never one to be devoid of excuses, would probably argue that the difference between Libya and Bahrain is in the fact that lives are being lost in Libya, so the mission is an humanitarian one.  But really?

And if our Libya incursion is an humanitarian effort to save lives, why not Darfur?

Nicholas Kristof must be pulling his hair out right now, trying to rationalize all this.  I say, join the crowd, dude.

As Michigan Goes ...

I still shudder when I think how close Virginia came under Tim Kaine to becoming this:
Michigan's War on the Middle Class
By William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

The new Republican governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, likes to say that he's not interested in the confrontation with organized labor that we see in Wisconsin. That may be. Nevertheless, Mr. Snyder has become Public Enemy No. 1 for the protesters in Lansing carrying signs demanding that he "End the War on the Middle Class."

Here's a news flash: That war was lost long ago.

The costs of defeat are reflected in grim statistics that show a state that was once a powerhouse of the American economy sinking into stagnation reminiscent of the Old South. Today, average per capita income in the Wolverine State ranks just 37th in the nation—down from ninth in 1965. In terms of adults holding college degrees, Michigan ranks 36th. The areas where it ranks near the top are not happy ones: unemployment (fifth from the top) and outbound moves (second only to New Jersey).

And let's not even mention Detroit.

Michigan today is not a struggling state like California or New Jersey or even Wisconsin. It is a basket case, with worse to come if things do not change quickly—especially in the relation of the public to the private sector.

"Many of the protesters seem to think the war is between rich and poor," says Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Michigan-based Mackinac Center. "But the real class war today is between government and the people who pay for it. And the government's been winning."

Here's a telling anecdote from Monday's Detroit Free Press: An article on Michigan-bred Red Robin restaurants quoted its owner as saying he could not see expanding in Michigan, given its tax climate. An accompanying photograph drove home the point. It features the company accountant holding up its tax returns for Ohio and Michigan: While the former is five pages long, the latter clocks in at 270. [link]
Something's seriously wrong when a company has to employ more tax accountants and government regulation monitors (OSHA, EPA, EEOC ...) than sales staff.  But that's the situation facing America's corporations.  Especially those in Michigan.

Another reason why business is booming in China ...

Ingenious

I've been wondering how the anti-war, pro-Obama left in this country was going to reconcile itself to our president becoming the first in history to fight three wars at one time.  MSNBC analyst (and stalwart Obama sycophant) Jonathan Alter has done it!

How is The Nobel Peace Prize laureate different from his predecessor?
This is the hand [Obama's] been dealt by history. He's a reluctant warrior. So it's not as if he's converted to being a cowboy. So I think people recognize the difference between him and former President Bush.

I think we are beginning to see an Obama Doctrine, but I think it's less focused on humanitarianism than it is on multilateralism, which is a big $50 word that doesn't sound so good on television but it basically means that we work together with our allies and we don't go charging off alone. But right now it is a very uncomfortable transition from what was sort of multilateralism for appearances, which is the way it was mostly handled under Bush, to genuine multilateralism, where the president doesn't even announce the beginning of hostilities. It's announced by the French. And even though most of the weapons are being fired by Americans, at the beginning, in the first 48 hours, they didn't want to admit that, so Hillary Clinton for instance referred to "them, they, others" enforcing Resolution 1973 from the Security Council rather than us being the ones who were taking the lead. [source]
One's first inclination is to chuckle at how strained this explanation is.  Blood had to have been oozing from assorted Alter orifices as he came up with that ditty, he was trying so hard.

But then it is clever, no?  Bush was an eager warrior who preferred to "go it alone" while Obama is a reluctant soldier community organizer who genuinely encourages others to join in the fight.  Their actions may seem to be identical, but their motivations - their inner thought patterns - are totally different.

One has to marvel at the conceit.

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I sort of admire this leftist approach to reconciling the Mahatma-Obama-the-war-president dilemma too:

Changing the subject.

It drips of servility.  Which is not a particularly endearing quality for a journalist.

But it is a neat ploy.

Perhaps Inevitable

The members of the Southwest Virginia Tea Party are not at all pleased with the to-date performance of our new congressman, Republican Morgan Griffith.  Who can blame them when fellow GOP members in the House are battling to achieve a $6 billion reduction in yearly federal spending while the federal deficit explodes at a rate of $4 billion per day?

For details of the growing unrest, go to the Abingdon/Bristol/SW Virginia Tea Party website.

Talk about an aroused electorate?  My, oh, my.

"These are the times that try mens’ souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
-- Thomas Paine --

I Don't Know

Something about this just doesn't seem right:


To think: That father had to get a license to ride the bike ...

Ethanol v. Gasoline

This from Ecopolitology seems pretty straightforward:


Cornfields vs. Oilfields


If you're big on the environment, you'll probably love ethanol. If you want your car to get decent gas mileage and acceptable performance, you'll want to avoid it.

As for that greenhouse gas thing ...

Study: Grass Is Green